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In the film world, creating art from your photos required patience and specialized skills. Sandwiching negatives... dodging and burning... learning which chemicals yielded what effects... Creating an art print required many hours of work. And you still might not end up with the look you wanted, even after several tries.
But digital art photography has changed all that. Image editing software gives you a palette of almost unlimited scope. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can change color, contrast or lighting effects. You can even sandwich all - or just part - of two or more images in mere minutes. And you can undo aything you don't like with just one or two clicks.
Plus, you can use specialty papers to create an even more artistic look for your prints. With digital art photography, your only boundaries are those of your imagination.
Need some photo inspiration? Try joining a website where you can post your pictures and view images that other photographers have posted. Sites such as dotphoto.com let you display your photos in a gallery... as well as browse other personal and professional galleries to get ideas.
By studying other photographers' galleries, you can discover how to turn close-ups, black and whites, landscapes and other shots into works of art - and how to tell stories with your images
Look to stock art houses for inspiration, too. These companies supply all types of digital photos to designers, publishers and ad agencies. And you can browse their professional galleries for free.
Finally, don't overlook the many art photographers who post their work on their own websites. A quick Google search for "fine art photography" or a similar phrase will yield thousands of opportunities to learn new looks and perspectives.
Formal sittings have their place, and a practiced eye can create wonderfully evocative posed scenes. But if you're looking to reveal your subject's soul, posing can be poison.
If you want your subjects to reveal something of themselves in your art photos, forget the smile-and-say-cheese routine. Instead, let your subjects relax and be natural.
To help create a rexlaxed and realistic atmosphere, come out from behind the camera. Set up your tripod, pre-focus the camera and trip the shutter using the camera's remote (if it has one), the self-timer or a cable release.
Once you're out from behind the camera, you can talk naturally to your subject and put them at ease. Since they won't be focusing on someone with a camera in their hand, they'll relax more easily. That's when you can capture a photo that reveal's your subjects true self.
Choosing digital art photography over conventional film definitely has many advantages. (especially when it comes to honing your craft). With film, you shoot the picture, process the film then see how your mistakes or achievements come out. Digital photography, however, offers more options. Digital photography is instantaneous. You can check the photo right away (no crossing your fingers and praying that you captured a great shot). With digital, what you see on the screen seconds after you've taken a photo is what you get. And, if you don't like the shot you can simply delete it and retake it until you're happy with the shot. Imagine that!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|